The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) had its annual Player of the Year awards hosted by the club’s main sponsor Clos du Val winery recently.
A good season on the field with six wins and six loses meant that competition was again strong this year for the four statistical based awards. In addition to these, NVCC President, Phil Bourke, presented an annual President’s award to a member who contributed to the club over and above. The winner of the 2015 award was Australian Emma Brown. Brown who moved to the Napa Valley in early 2015 has been a driving force on the club’s social committee this season, in addition to being actively involved in the NVCC’s Valley Fire efforts.
The winner of the “All Rounder” of the year award was Pakistan-born Moe Maqsood. Maqsood has been a member of the club for a number of years, but 2015 saw him play seven games in which he excelled in all three disciplines to post the following figures: batting – 7 innings for 158 runs with an average of 26.3 runs and one 50; in the bowling department Maqsood bowled 35 overs at a cost of 149 runs and taking 6 wickets, with an average of a wicket every 12 balls bowled. His best bowling performance of the season was 2 wickets for 18 runs. In the field Maqsood took six catches.
The individual awards for batting, bowling and fielding were won by Australian-born John Leake, Indian Kiranpreet Singh and NVCC club president Bourke respectively. Leake batted 4 innings for 433 runs with an average of 433 runs and a high of 133 retired. Leake’s season included three centuries, all retired! Singh bowled 36 overs at a cost of 148 runs taking 13 wickets with an average of a wicket every 16 balls bowled, and a season best in one game of 5 for 16. Bourke excelled behind the stumps with six catches and two stumpings.
The awards for on-field achievements were presented by Club Captain Rob Bolch who remarked on how close many of the annual awards had been. Bolch credited the club’s growth in 2015, and commented that the competition was the strongest ever in 2015 in the club’s history.
NVCC President Phil Bourke paid tribute to all of those who made 2015 such a successful year, both on and off the field. Bourke thanked all of the sponsors and volunteer members who helped to make 2015 a banner year for the NVCC. In addition to traveling to San Diego in May, the NVCC hosted Merion CC (from Philadelphia) in October, as they toured California to celebrate their 150th anniversary.
As the evening’s awards drew to a close the NVCC retrospectively honored all of its members who have achieved cricketing milestones in the history of the club. Batsmen who have scored centuries (100 runs +) and bowlers who have taken “Five Fors” (five or more wickets in a single game) were all honored.
The honorees were – Centuries – Richard Mattner (2012), Alastair Martin (2013), Bijoy Ojha (2014), John Leake (2015), Martin Mackenzie (2015) and Amritpal Bhatal (2015).
Five Fors – Gus Cleland (2012), Rob Bolch (2012), Tim Irwin (2012 & 2015), Tim Ford (2014), Kiranpreet Singh (2015) and Andrew Healy (2015)
The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors
Clos du Val, Silverado Country Club, Compadres Rio Grille, Tonnellerie Saint Martin, Penfolds, St. Helena Optometry, First Priority Financial, Anchor Steam, Amcor, Ciatti, Joseph Cellars, Biagi Bros., Rebel Dog Hot Dogs, Stone Universe, Lyve Systems Inc., TricorBraun WinePak, 3 rock marketing, Calistoga Roastery, Napa Gourmet Foods, Napa Valley Body Connect.
About the Napa Valley Cricket Club
The Napa Valley Cricket Club is a California non-profit with the purpose of establishing and running an amateur cricket club in the Napa Valley to further the social enjoyment and development of cricket and associated events within the area. Formed in 2012 and now in its fourth season the Napa Valley Cricket Club welcomes adult players of all skill levels.